Petting zoos: leading Australian GPs to computers

Rasalam, R., Liaw, S.T., and Cairns, C. (1997) Petting zoos: leading Australian GPs to computers. In: Proceedings of the National Health Informatics Conference (5) 105. pp. 1-5. From: 5th National Health Informatics Conference: managing information for better health outcomes in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region, 11-13 August 1997, Sydney, NSW.

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[Extract] Clinical use of computers in general practice has not been widespread due to lack of: skilled support, training programs focused on general practitioners (GPs), familiarity with computer systems. The concept of a Computer Petting Zoo is to provide a hands-on computer laboratory where GPs can become familiar with available clinical software in a neutral, non-threatening environment; much like children at a petting zoo. The purpose of the zoo is to increase awareness of and comfort with information technology and thereby assist GPs to make informed choices about computer applications and adopt computer based information management practices.

Research Statement

Research Significance The concept of a petting zoo has been transformed into reality and that reality has been ‘road-tested’ with encouraging results. This project has demonstrated the efficiency of a petting zoo in leading some GPs to computers. The ultimate goal of this project will be in leading all Australian GPs to computers.
Item ID: 26580
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-646-30576-9
Keywords: medical education, information technology, computers, petting zoo, learning
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Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2013 23:02
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 60%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111717 Primary Health Care @ 20%
08 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 0806 Information Systems > 080602 Computer-Human Interaction @ 20%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 20%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified @ 60%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences @ 20%
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